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March 18, 2014

Commission: ‘Boomer’ will stay in center plaza

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ENID, Okla. — Other business

During their informal study session, commissioners heard from City Planner Chris Bauer on a recommendation to let the architect handling the downtown hotel also help design a new sidewalk around the structure. The so-called “streetscape” would be designed to aesthetically match the final design for the hotel’s exterior.

Engineering staff also presented more detailed plans for the Oakwood-to-Garland extension of the trail system.

Chris Gdanski said the project will include a stormwater detention pond and a bridge. At about a mile, the trail is expected to cost about $950,000 to build. Bids are due back to the city by April 9.

Bids on the trail extension south of Rupe to Meadowlake Park are due April 16.

Because of recent discussion on vacant and abandoned city structures, the city’s code office examined the number of residential and commercial buildings.

Interim Code Administrator Angela Rasmussen said there are 495 residential lots and 123 commercial properties that sit vacant.

Four of the commercial structures have issues the code office could enforce, compared to 22 residential lots.

Bauer then recommended the commission kickstart a new comprehensive plan that was most recently amended nine years ago.

At a price tag approaching half a million dollars, the study could identify needs and opportunities, establish public policy and be a tool for staff and elected officials in determining where city money should be spent.

The plan would take into account recent retail investment trends and the expansion of industry.

It would incorporate housing, water, parks and recreation, transportation and infrastructure, along with a revision of the city’s zoning ordinances.

Once a firm is selected, the study could be available to commissioners by the end of 2014. City Manager Eric Benson pledged that input from the public and the city commission would be used to help guide the comprehensive plan.

During the commission’s regular meeting, a contract was approved to renovate the Santa Fe Depot. The roof there leaks, and Sexton Construction will be tasked with fixing damaged areas and installing waterproofed roofing. The existing tiles on the roof will have to be removed temporarily. The contract is worth $69,900.

Downey Construction won a bid to construct the 211 W. Chestnut drainage improvement project. BNSF Railway agreed to share in half of the estimated $279,655 cost to eliminate flooding problems.

Commissioners also approved dividing a plot of land in the Chisholm Creek Village subdivision into 33 additional spaces. This would be the final plat in the development.

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